We are looking for recreational sea anglers to take part in a citizen science project to help understand the health of fish stocks in our coastal waters. By providing catch information anglers can play their role in the long-term conservation and sustainability of the resource for future generations. Anglers can get involved in the project by using the IMREC online diary. Inland Fisheries Ireland is looking for shore, small boat, or charter anglers to collect and submit information on their sea fishing trips and catches around the coastline.
With your support the Irish Marine Recreational Angling (IMREC) project aims to answer three main questions about sea angling:
- How many people in Ireland fish?
- How often do they fish?
- What do they catch?
IFI along with ESRIs ArcGIS Hub have developed a free angling diary that allows you to create an account and easily submit angling sessions on your phone or other device, providing information which will contribute to the evaluation of our marine fish stocks.
The application also creates a handy personal diary dashboard for your own use and each logged diary session will be updated here. This gives you the user an opportunity to view when, where and what fish you have caught along with any other notes (tides, rigs etc), that you may have submitted. A summary is also provided to give you an insight into how your season is progressing.
An angling bundle (buff, line clippers, tape) will be sent to the first 20 anglers that sign up and a €50 tackle voucher prize draw will be held every month for active users of the diary application.
The survey team at IFI understand the importance of fishing marks to anglers. For this reason, your sessions will only be visible to you and the IMREC survey team.
If you are interested, the IMREC initiative is now live and can be viewed here or send your name and email to [email protected] with the subject line “IMREC Diary Sign Up” and we will get you signed up.
A full FAQ along with further information on the project can be accessed through our website. If you have any further queries about the IMREC project or the diary, please email [email protected].
Thank you for your input and support.